Current Student Researchers & Interns

Dominic Baechler, Long Beach Coyote Assessment Research Assistant 
Dominic Baechler is a third-year Biology major at LMU from Berkeley, California. Growing up he learned to love the outdoors and wildlife in Northern California while also cultivating his passion for soccer and the violin. He is interested in the natural sciences, especially veterinary medicine. Other than research, Dominic is a part of the service organization community where he works within the greater Los Angeles area.
Liam Chamberlin, Media Development Intern 

Liam Chamberlin is a third-year undergraduate student at Loyola Marymount University. He is a Screenwriting major with potential minors in English and Environmental Studies. Liam grew up in rural northeastern Washington, just outside the town of Republic. An avid skier and hiker, Liam plans to pursue his passion for the outdoors in his career as well as his personal life. He joined CURes in order to contribute to environmental action and restorative justice on the LMU campus, in the greater Los Angeles area, and around the world.

Kyla Danforth, Gottlieb Fellows Intern 

Kyla is a senior Urban Studies major and will graduate December 2019. She also has two minors in Sociology and Asian and Pacific Studies. Along with her academic studies, she is a Division I athlete in both cross country team and track. As a CURes Intern she is responsible for assisting in much of the work involving Ballona Discovery Park. Under the guidance of Lisa Fimiani, CURes Environmental Leadership Fellow she prepares the BDP marketing materials and surveys along with assisting Lisa with guiding tours and elementary school students in the park. She was instrumental in guiding the elementary school tour groups after CURes received a SCE International grant. Kyla is a native of Canyon Country, California and after graduating plans on taking a gap year and furthering her academics in a Master's Program.

Kyla Danforth
Reilly Grzywacz, Research Assistant 

Reilly is currently a senior at LMU from Cross River, New York. She is studying environmental studies, and is considering a minor in urban studies. Having grown up next to a large nature reserve, Reilly has always been passionate about the environment and the outdoors. Along with her work as a CURes research assistant, Reilly is involved with the Outdoors Club, I Am That Girl, and is the garden coordinator for the ECO Students Club.

Jaclyn Findlay, Long Beach & Culver City Coyote
Assessment Research Assistant
Jaclyn is a senior Biology major at LMU and a Vancouver, Canada native. She has always had a love for the Sciences. Jaclyn is aspiring to further her education and pursue a Masters degree, as well as work in the fields of urban ecology and sustainability. She joined CURes due to her passion for ecology, eagerness to obtain new knowledge, and desire to assist in conducting research that can educate and improve local communities. Jaclyn has also done research for the Women's Studies Department at LMU, narrowing in on global ecological injustices. She is also an active member of the ECO Service Club and was part of LMU Athletics. Jaclyn was recently accepted into the LMU's Master's program in Environmental Science. She will begin her new studies in January 2020.
Julia Pradel, Environmental Research Assistant 
Julia Pradel is a sophomore Sociology and Urban Studies double major. She grew up on Bainbridge Island, a small town just a boat ride away from downtown Seattle, Washington. While living here, Julia developed a passion for social justice and was involved in multiple clubs and volunteer opportunities. Julia now applies this passion during her time as a member of the Ignations Service Organization, along with working on environmental justice research with CURes. During her time as a student researcher, Julia hopes to develop her skills in mapping data sets and to pursue a focus in learning spatial analysis.
Ashley Rietmann, Long Beach & Culver City Coyote
Assessment Research Assistant

Ashley is a third year pre-medical Biology student graduating early in Spring 2020. After graduation, she plans on travelling and working for a year and then going on to medical school. Ashley grew up in Medford, Oregon and loves living in the Pacific Northwest. Her hobbies include travelling, animals, and spending time outdoors.

Ashley Reitmann
Grace Riggs, Research Assistant 

Grace grew up on Vashon Island, Washington and is currently a junior Biology major on the pre-med track. In addition to working for CURes, she is also a member of the University Honors Program, works in the Biology Department as a General Biology Lab TA, and plays the French horn for a chamber ensemble in the music department.

Grace Riggs
Oscar Repreza, Ballona Wetlands Monitoring Research Assistant 

Oscar is a Senior Biology student with an interest in Wildlife Biology. He grew up in Los Angeles and has lived in Hawaii. He has always been fascinated by the way that animals learn to interact with humans. Understanding interactions between coyotes and ranchers in Kansas, the impact of introduced species in Hawaii, or the best way to care for a natural resource like Ballona Wetlands are all important things to him. Oscar currently assists on a project to quantify mosquito larvae at the wetlands.

Oscar Repreza bio pic

Teagan So, Social Media Assistant


Teagan is a Freshman screenwriting student from Irvine, California. She's passionate about increasing diversity and representation in film, particularly in the LGBTQ+ and Asian-American community. In her free time, she enjoys writing, dancing, and exploring Los Angeles. She loves getting involved in her community, and she's excited to be working at CURes, handling their social media and blogging!


Monica Taimoori, Research Assistant & Intern


Monica is a senior Political Science and Urban Studies double major, with hopes of graduating in Spring 2020. Growing up in Los Angeles, she has always been fascinated by city-life, the architecture of buildings in cities, and their profound impacts on the natural environment. Specifically, she has been interested in studying governmental policies and environmental initiatives that aim to create more sustainable cities. In addition to working at CURes, Monica is a member of the Student Worker program where she has worked at the LMU recycling yard collecting recyclable materials to form bales. She is an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta on campus and enjoys going to concerts in her free time.   

Monica Taimoori

Ian Wright, Ballona Wetlands Monitoring Research Assistant

Ian is a Junior Biology major from Sacramento, California. Feeling at home in the natural world, he has a tendency to question how the world around him really works. Ian wants to pursue a research oriented career, the end goal being a spot in higher education so he can inspire curiosity in others. Aside from the science of nature, Ian loves exploring human endeavors such as music, architecture, photography, film, religion, philosophy, yoga, and more. All the better when they come together! Ian Wright student bio pic